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					      WELCOME TO DOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!
Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year at Dover Elementary! This handbook has been designed
and written by members of the Dover Elementary staff in collaboration with parent
representatives from our School Improvement Team. The purpose of the handbook is to help you
become acquainted with procedures and policies which are followed throughout the school year.

We recognize the value of parental involvement in our students’ education. Studies have
indicated, time and time again, that students who are successful in school come from homes
where education is valued and where parents actively involve themselves in the day-to-day
routine of school. Your participation is not only welcomed, it is essential.

Please review this handbook with your child as soon as possible. It is important that the students,
parents, and school staff understand clearly what is expected this year. With one common
understanding, we will work together toward the common goal of providing the best education
possible for each and every student at Dover Elementary. After reading this handbook with your
child, please sign the form below, and return this page to school on or before Friday, September
16, 2011.


                           PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN BELOW.
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            RETURN TO CLASSROOM TEACHER ON OR BEFORE 9/16/11

My child and I have reviewed and agree to abide by the 2011-2012 Dover Elementary School
Handbook.



____________________________                      ______________________________
      Parent’s Signature                                 Student’s Signature


____________________________                      ______________________________
        Date Signed                                        Date Signed




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Dear Students:


Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year at Dover Elementary! We are looking forward to an
exciting and successful school year.

We hope that this year will be a great one for you. Your teachers and other staff members want
to help you do well in your schoolwork and in your other activities as well. You are part of an
important team – the Dover Elementary School Team! This team includes your parents, all the
members of the school staff, and, most importantly, YOU! A team has to work together to
become a winner. We also have to work together in order for you to be a success in school. Your
job as a member of the Dover Elementary Team is to:

    1. Treat everyone with respect.

    2. Attend school every day, unless you are sick.

    3. Accept responsibility for each day’s work

Your parents are going to review the Handbook with you to be sure that you understand
everything in it. If there is anything in the Handbook that you don’t understand, please ask your
teacher to explain it. We are all here to help you and one another.


Sincerely,


The Dover Elementary School Improvement Team
The Faculty and Staff of Dover Elementary School
Mr. Herman Harmelink




                       Let’s have a terrific year!




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                                            AGENDA BOOKS
In order to provide a consistent method for parents and teachers to communicate, every student will receive an
agenda book for the 2011-2012 school year. Students are required to record all information concerning assignments,
particularly homework assignments, in their agenda books. Notes from the main office will be in their agenda books
also.

Students are to bring their agenda books home every day. We request that you, the parent or guardian, look at the
assignments noted in the book and make sure your child completes assigned work. Your signature in the book
every day will let us know that you are informed and aware of your child's progress and performance. In the
event your child refuses to complete an assignment, you are requested to sign the book and enter a short note to the
effect that he/she would not/could not finish the work. This will let us know that you did check the book, even
though the work was not done or was not completed.

Parents and teachers must work as partners in our students' education. Statistics and logic indicate that frequent
communication between home and school is a key ingredient in helping students succeed. Please help us to help
your child by checking the agenda book on a daily basis.

                                            ARRIVAL /DISMISSAL
The school day begins at 8:25 A.M. and ends at 3:00 P.M. Students enter the building at 8:20 A.M. Students who
walk to school or are dropped off should not arrive before 8:15 A.M. when personnel are on duty outside to
supervise. When there is a 2 hour delay, the school day begins at 10:25 A.M., students enter the building at 10:20
A.M., and students who walk to school or are dropped off should not arrive before 10:15 A.M. ** When students
arrive late to school they must be signed in by an adult. **

                                              ATTENDANCE
To accommodate new state regulations, attendance figures will now include instances of absences for any part of a
day. Reasons for lateness, early sign-out, and absences during any portion of a day must now be recorded to
determine legal status of the absence. Students who arrive to school late should report to the Main Office with an
adult to sign in before going to their classrooms. Students who must leave school during the school day must be
signed out in the Main Office, where the staff will record the reason and report it to the Nurse. Parents should send
a note with their child indicating the planned sign-out time, and students will be called down to the Main Office as
soon as the parent arrives. If an unexpected situation occurs and no note has been sent in, parents should notify the
Main Office by phone before 1:30 P.M.. Whenever a child is absent from school, parents must send in a note
describing the reason for the absence when the child returns to school.

                                                     AWARDS
Each marking period, students in the 4th and 5th grade may qualify for two special honors. Students in 3rd grade may
qualify for these after the end of the 2nd marking period.

                 Principal's Award            All Achievement Grades are A’s
                                              All Effort Grades are Outstanding
                                              All 4’s in Special Area Subjects
                  High Honor Roll             All Achievement Grades are A’s
                                              All Effort Grades are Outstanding and Satisfactory
                                              4’s & 3’s in Special Area Subjects
                  Honor Roll                  All Achievement Grades are A’s and B’s
                                              All Effort Grades are Outstanding and Satisfactory
                                              4’s & 3’s in Special Area Subjects
All courses offered at Dover Elementary are part of our curriculum, and all achievement grades are considered for
special honors. Therefore, all grades on the report card are taken into consideration in determining which students
will receive awards. Students are expected to apply themselves diligently in all classes.

A Principal's Breakfast is hosted at the end of each marking period. All students who receive Principal's Awards
and Honor Roll students are invited to join the Principal for a much-deserved recognition and a special breakfast.

Teachers recognize individual students during the school year in their respective classrooms through the Students of
the Month Awards, and other honors. Such honors are recognized on a classroom level or building level as
appropriate.


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                                 BULLY FREE SCHOOL POLICY
Bullying is a serious issue in schools today. Dover Elementary School is working to educate students about bullying
and its effects on others and encouraging them to promote a bully-free school. Your assistance in supporting
students to be bully-free is a necessary part of the education process. Please review the following Bully-free School
Policy with your child.

What is Bullying?
The term “bullying” among children is defined, in general, as: “a variety of negative acts carried out repeatedly
over time. It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power, with a more powerful child or group attacking those
who are less powerful.”
Bullying can take three forms:

Physical (including, but not limited to, hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, taking personal belongings);

Verbal (including, but not limited to, taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, making threats); and

Psychological (including, but not limited to, spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, or engaging in
social exclusion, extortion, or intimidation).

Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating,
threatening, or terrorizing another student or staff member by way of any technological tool, such as sending or
posting inappropriate or derogatory e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or
web-site postings (including blogs).

Cyberbullying involving District students may occur on campus and off school grounds and may involve student use
of District internet system or student use of personal digital devices while at school, such as cell phones, digital
cameras, and personal computers, to engage in bullying. Cyberbullying that occurs off-campus, that causes or
threatens to cause a material or substantial disruption in the school, could allow school officials to apply the legal
standard where a student’s off-campus speech may be subject to formal discipline by school officials when it is
determined that the off-campus speech did cause substantial disruption or threat thereof within the school setting.
[Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. School District 393 U.S. 503 (1969)].

Any student who believes that he/she is being subjected to bullying/cyberbullying behavior, as well as any person
who has knowledge of or witnesses any possible occurrence of bullying/cyberbullying should report the behavior to
any staff member or the Building Principal. Allegations of bullying/cyberbullying shall be promptly investigated
and will be treated as confidential and private to the extent possible within legal constraints.


                                              BUS BEHAVIOR
It is the responsibility of each student riding the bus to comply with the following guidelines:

         1.       Observe rules of courteous behavior.
         2.       Stay in your seat while the bus is moving.
         3.       Cooperate with the driver by keeping the bus clean and the aisles clear.
         4.       Fighting on the bus will not be tolerated.
         5.       No eating or drinking will be allowed on the bus.
         6.       Keep head, hands, and arms inside the bus.
         7.       No throwing objects either in the bus or out of the windows or doors.
         8.       Do not use obscene language.
         9.       The bus diver is authorized to assign seats.
         10.      Follow the driver’s instructions at all times.
         11.      Students may not possess electronics of any kind on the bus.

School bus transportation to school is a privilege, not a right, and as such may be suspended or revoked as a
consequence of negative behavior by the building principal.




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                                      CAFETERIA PROGRAMS

FREE AND REDUCED BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
You will receive a federal lunch program application to complete at the beginning of the school year. Please fill it
out and return this form to the school as soon as possible. Students who qualify for free lunch in the federal lunch
program will also receive breakfast free of charge.

BREAKFAST PROGRAM
For the 2011-2012 school year, breakfast will be available for students at Dover Elementary School. A breakfast
menu is located on the back of the lunch menu. Students who eat breakfast will be allowed to get off the bus at 8:15
AM and eat before they go to their classrooms. All students are required to be back in their classrooms at or before
8:30 A.M. to start the instructional day.

Breakfast will be served on half-days. Breakfast will not be served on delayed opening days. The price for breakfast
will be printed on the menu.

LUNCH PROGRAM
Hot lunches, "deli" sandwiches, soup, or salads are available in our cafeteria.

If your child is purchasing lunch, you may want to buy lunch tickets in advance. A discounted price is charged for
lunches purchased in this manner. The regular price for an individual student lunch this year is listed on the monthly
menu. Prices of hot/cold lunches and lunch tickets will be printed on the menus .

                                                 CALENDAR

The school calendar for Dover Elementary School is located in several places. Please consult your student’s agenda
book, the DUFSD calendar and the district web-site at www.doverschools.org for district wide events and
information. Please consult the school calendar before planning family vacations.

Occasionally the school calendar changes due to inclement weather or other weather-related emergencies. A listing
of radio stations that include DUFSD in their announcements is given in the district-wide calendar. You will also be
notified by our automated calling system, so it is important to keep your telephone numbers with the Main Office up
to date.

Superintendent's Conference Days, both full days and half days, are listed. Occasionally dates may change, be
added, or deleted. Notices will be sent home for your planning convenience.

                                                   CONDUCT

As students of Dover Elementary School, all children will be expected to act responsibly with others and with school
property. Students' rights and responsibilities, as well as student discipline issues, are discussed at length in our
Code of Conduct Guide, which is included on page 12.

                    CUSTODIAL AND NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS

In instances where a court order or divorce decree has established custodial rights regarding a student, a copy of the
document is to be provided to the school.

If one parent has been awarded custody of a student in a divorce settlement, the custodial parent must inform the
school of any change in limitations in the rights of the non-custodial parent, together with a certified copy of a court
Order or Divorce Decree, which shall be kept in the office. Without such a notice, the school will presume that both
parents have custodial rights for the purpose of the release from school.




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                                               DRESS CODE
To provide an atmosphere that is academic and disciplined, we request that all students dress appropriately for
school. Please note the following items:

             1.   Tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti-strap tops, see-through shirts, and tops that do not cover the
                  midriff are not to be worn unless worn over another shirt or blouse.
             2.   Pants must not hang down off the waist. No pants or shorts with words printed on the backside
                  will be allowed.
             3.   Shorts may be worn as appropriate; please use sound judgment. Shorts must be loose fitting and
                  appropriate in length (no “short-shorts”). Spandex shorts are not to be worn unless a looser fitting
                  garment is worn over them.
             4.   Hats, bandanas, headbands, or headscarves are not to be worn inside the building at any time
                  except for special activities or under special circumstances. Hats may be worn during the winter
                  season (baseball caps excluded).
             5.   Proper and safe footwear is required in school. This means no “flip-flops” or sandals without back
                  straps.
             6.   No chains may be worn to school.
             7.   Clothing imprinted with offensive words, messages, or images or condoning or promoting alcohol
                  or drug use is not allowed.
             8.   Clothing imprinted with pictures of violence or weapons is not allowed.
             9.   Clothing items which create disruption or embarrass others will not be allowed.

                                      ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Electronic devices (cell phones, MP3’s, games, walkmans, etc.) are not allowed in school at any time for any reason
including field trips. They are a distraction to the learning process and not necessary in the educational
environment. They will be confiscated and held until a parent picks them up.

                                  EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
EMERGENCY FORM
At the beginning of the school year, each student is given an emergency form to be completed by the parent or
guardian. Please complete and return them as soon as possible. One copy is located in the school office and one is
located in the Nurse's Office so that you can be notified quickly in case of an emergency. A local phone number is
very important. Please notify the office of any changes during the year affecting telephone numbers,
addresses, or other pertinent information. It is very important that the Nurse and Main Office have the correct
mailing addresses.

EMERGENCY DISMISSAL
Occasionally, there are weather-related emergencies requiring early dismissal. In these cases, the automated phone
service (Schoolreach) will contact you at the number provided on the emergency form. The local radio stations will
be notified immediately. The website (www.doverschools.org) is also a good source for school delays and closings.
Please go over an emergency plan with your child in case there is an early dismissal due to inclement weather. A
form with the emergency plan will need to be completed for school use. Please realize that phone calls are not an
option for students. Each child needs to know where to go in the event of an early dismissal.

                                               HOMEWORK
Homework is assigned on a regular basis at Dover Elementary School. The purpose of homework is to reinforce
instruction from the school day. In addition, long-term assignments, such as reports, may be given. Please
encourage your child to complete homework assignments each evening. Course grades are determined, in part, by
including grades on homework assignments.

Any class work that has not been completed in school is to be completed at home and returned the following school
day. If your youngster seems to be coming home with an unusually large amount of work, it is possible, if not
probable, that part of these assignments are carry-overs from the classroom.




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                                                 FIELD TRIPS
The curriculum at each grade level includes field trips to interesting places in order for students to see the
knowledge they have gained actually applied to "real life." Field trips are an integral part of instruction and should
not be viewed as optional. All trips are related to the subject matter taught at each grade level. Teachers will
present lessons prior to each trip in order to prepare their students for what they are about to see and experience.
Additional lessons and activities to reinforce learning follow each trip. Please remember that all school rules apply
during field trips, this includes no smoking.

The cost of field trips is covered largely by the profit made from fundraising activities. There will be a minimal
charge for each trip since the fundraisers do not generate enough money to cover all expenses. If you have difficulty
providing these fees, please call the principal or send a confidential note to your child's teacher. We will do our best
to see that your child's fee is covered. Your child will not be made aware of this arrangement.

Permission slips will be sent home for every field trip. These must be completed and returned by the deadline date
for your child to be included on the trip.

                                             NURSE’S OFFICE
A School Nurse is available during the school day at Dover Elementary School to administer medication, in case of
illness, and for emergencies. Parents should call (845) 877-4707 if there are any questions.

SPECIAL SERVICES
During the year, the Nurse also checks vision and hearing, and does other medical testing as necessary or as
prescribed by the student's doctor. The School Nurse also administers the fluoride program. Information and a
permission form will be sent home early in the school year. Parental permission is required for students to
participate in this weekly program provided by New York State.

MEDICAL FORMS
All medical forms must be submitted to the school nurse. These include:

                  * Emergency form                               * Attendance notes
                  * Attendance notes                             * Medical records
                  * Immunization forms                           * Physicals (4th Grade & all new entrants)
                  * Medical information                          * Any other health-related materials
HEALTH ISSUES
Parents must notify the nurse about all other health issues including:

                   * Allergies                                 * Emergency Treatment
                   * Health Conditions                         * Medication
DOCTOR’S ORDERS
 Regular and/or emergency procedures should be brought to the attention of the School Nurse so that any treatment
or special care can be administered by doctor's orders when necessary.

                                       IMPORTANT PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
         1.   Physicals are needed for all fourth grade students and new students entering the district. Physical forms
              need to be returned to the nurse by December 1 st. Please call the nurse if you have an appointment
              scheduled beyond December 1st.
         2.   Student immunizations must be up-to-date by the start of school in September.
         3.   Please report all communicable diseases to the School Nurse, i.e. chicken pox, etc. as we may have
              students or teachers who may require special medical attention if exposed to the diseases. Please note
              that the policy for a child with chicken pox is that she/he must remain out of school for 5 full days.
         4.   Our school district has a "NO NIT POLICY". Students with head lice may not return to school unless
              they are totally free from any nits. We will assist you in any way we can to solve this difficult problem.
         5.   Please do not send your student to school with a fever, sore throat, or if vomiting the night before. If a
              student wakes up not feeling well and has a fever, it is in the best interest of the student to keep him or
              her home for the day.
         6.   Each student must have an emergency form filled out at the beginning of
              the year. THIS FORM IS VERY IMPORTANT AND MUST BE KEPT UP-TO-DATE! Each
              form should include any medical problems that we should be aware of, as well as emergency contact
              people. Please be sure that the emergency contact form is filled out in its entirety and returned to
              school the next day.
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        7.  We will always call to let you know of any serious accident or illness that your child may have during
            the school day. However, we do not call home to report minor injuries and small complaints, such as
            small cuts, etc.
        8. Please send in a written excuse when your child returns from an absence.

MEDICATION
Any medication to be administered during the school day must be brought directly to the School Nurse by a parent,
legal guardian, or by the parent's designee. Under no circumstances is medication to be brought to school by a
student, with the exception of inhalers and Epi-pens. All students must take medication under adult supervision.
New York State law dictates that all medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, must be
brought to school in the original pharmacy or manufacturer's container. In addition, a doctor's note and a special
permission form signed by a parent or legal guardian must accompany all medications including over-the-counter
pharmaceutical products in order for them to be administered in school. This includes all pain relief medicines and
any item containing medication (sunscreens, Calamine lotion, etc). Physicians and parents are encouraged to
communicate by FAX, (845) 877-4707, in order to make this cumbersome process a little easier .

                                        OPEN DOOR POLICY
Mr. Harmelink welcomes the opportunity to meet with parents. To schedule an appointment please call the Main
Office at 845-877-4700.

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher regarding any classroom or academic issues. If a problem remains
unresolved after speaking with the teacher, an appointment may be made with the school principal by contacting the
Main Office.
                                          PERSONAL ITEMS
The school district is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please do not allow your child to bring valuable
personal items to school, unless they are required for a classroom project and special arrangements have been made
with the teacher. Borrowing, selling or trading items between children is not allowed in school. Toys, games, and
personal collectibles are not permitted in school.

                                              PLACEMENT
Students are placed in classes by the principal. When class assignments are made, every effort is made to ensure a
well-balanced classroom population. The principal will consider special needs, and make decisions regarding
promotion and retention according to policy. Parents do not select teachers for their youngsters at Dover
Elementary School.

                             RECESS & PLAYGROUND POLICY
Dover Elementary School has a large outdoor play area. Monitors are stationed through the playgrounds during
recess. It is most important for children to follow the rules for playground safety and to cooperate with those
responsible for supervision.
         1.       Children are to be considerate of their playmates and supervisors at all times. They are to treat
                  others with respect while keeping in mind the elements of good sportsmanship and the importance
                  of responsible behavior.
         2.       Children must stay within the assigned boundaries of their playground area.
         3.       Except for emergencies, children may return to the building only with the permission of a
                  playground monitor or supervisor.
         4.       Children are encouraged to use the playground equipment, as well as to engage in organized sports
                  and games. However, children must refrain from physical contact with peers.
         5.       Children may only use “Nerf” style or other school approved balls on the playground. Toys and
                  games brought from home are not allowed.
         6.       No food, drinks, gum, or candy is allowed on the playground during recess.
         7.       Children should line up quickly and quietly at the end of the recess period and must follow the
                  directions of their playground monitors at all times.
During inclement weather, students will remain in the classroom or they may be sent to special activity areas,
depending upon the availability of space and supervisory personnel.

Since students will be outside for recess, please send your children with appropriate clothing for play outside.
Students who do not have warm clothing on cold days will not be allowed to go outside. Students will have outdoor
recess when the weather is 20 degrees fahrenheit or warmer including wind-chill.
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                                      PROMOTION/RETENTION
The Dover Union Free School District’s promotion/retention policy reflects the increased performance expectations
for all students. Under this policy, students at all grade levels are subject to retention based on their classroom
performance in each subject area. Parents will be apprised of their youngsters’ progress throughout the school year,
and teachers will alert parents whenever retention is being considered. This will be done on an on-going basis
throughout the school year. Ultimately, the decision to retain a student rests with the building principal.

                                               REPORT CARDS
The success of a child in school depends, in great measure, upon the cooperative efforts of the child, the home, and
the school. Report cards are sent home four times per year, in November, February, April, and June. You must sign
and return the envelope so that the teacher is aware that you received the report card. Interim reports are sent out in
written form or by phone call at other times to notify parents of work deserving commendation as well as
deficiencies.

Parents are invited to meet with teachers in November after the first reporting period is completed. Both parents and
teachers can schedule meetings at other times when necessary.

                                      SALES AND FUNDRAISING
Fundraising activities help to finance field trips and special presentations related to the school curriculum. The
school district does not provide for trips or cultural affairs in its annual budget. All fundraising activities are strictly
voluntary. Activities which involve the sale of items are to be conducted with parental knowledge, consent, and
supervision. Under no circumstances are students to sell items door-to-door unless accompanied by a parent or
guardian.

Fundraising by the students during the school day for outside organizations is prohibited.

                                                   SCHEDULE
During the 2011-2012 school year Dover Elementary School will be following a five-day schedule. A number from
1-5 will identify each day. Using a five-day schedule allows us to schedule our instructional periods for all special
area subjects. The five-day schedule also enables us to create longer blocks of academic time.

Dover Elementary School offers a well-rounded education to its students. Students are taught in special subject
areas in addition to the academic subjects in the core curriculum. Special classes are: Physical Education, Library,
Art, General Music and Foreign Language.


                                           STATE MANDATED TESTS
New York State Education Department mandates assessments designed to insure that the students of the state are
receiving the required curriculum in various subjects. For Dover Elementary Students, the assessments are as
follows:

         English Language Arts (ELA)           given to all grades in May
         Mathematics                           given to all grades in May
         Science                               given to 4th graders in May

We also administer standardized tests for diagnosis, evaluation, and placement.

                                           STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Dover students have the opportunity to participate in several extra-curricular activities. Not all grades may
participate in every activity and participation is based on various factors. Students who either fall behind in their
school work or have disciplinary issues will be required to resign from extracurricular activities.

                                        TELEPHONE POLICY
The telephones that are in the offices are for school use by the employees who are assigned to that office and for the
staff to contact the parents. They are not for student use. If an emergency arises and you must get a message to
your child, the secretary will be glad to take the message and deliver it. Please keep these emergencies to a
minimum. To insure that the instructional process in the classroom is not interrupted, the teacher will be given the
message to relate to the student in a non-disruptive way. Students will not be allowed to call home for routine or
non-essential matters (lunch money, agenda books, musical instruments etc.)
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                                            TOBACCO USAGE
It is a violation of New York State law to use tobacco products on public school grounds. Tobacco products may
not be used by anyone, youngsters or adults, in the school building or on the school property outside, including the
playground, parking lot, and on field trips. Possession of tobacco products, matches or lighters will result in an
immediate suspension.

                                           TRANSPORTATION
Students are transported to and from school by our bus company, First Student. Their drivers will use the same pick-
up and drop-off location throughout the year, according to information provided by parents. Therefore, any
changes, such as different child-care location, must be reported as soon as possible.        Students will not be
permitted to ride different buses to visit other locations. If there is an emergency need for a bus change,
parents should call First Student at 832- 3472.

Parents who wish to pick up their children for private transportation from school should meet children and the
Private Transportation Monitor in the cafeteria and sign children out. We ask that parents send in a note when
private transportation is planned, and teachers will dismiss students to this location at the end of the day. Parents
may request this for a long-term arrangement as well as for individual events. For safety reasons student pick ups
at dismissal can only be arranged in writing, phone calls can not be accepted. Everyone picking up children
must have a government issued ID for verification purposes.

                                                 VACATIONS
Please schedule vacations when school is not in session. Occasionally, we receive requests for schoolwork to be
assigned in advance of a family vacation while school is in session. It is not possible to assign work before it is
taught in the classroom. Classroom assignments and homework assignments are intended to reinforce learning
which has already taken place in school. To assign work in advance places the student at a disadvantage.

                                           VISITORS/VOLUNTEERS
All visitors are required to register at the Main Office. You will be asked to sign in upon your arrival and to sign out
before you leave. Please be prepared to provide government issued ID that will be screened against the national sex
offender database. You will receive a visitor's pass to display during your visit.

When bringing any forgotten item to your child, please leave it with the office staff. The office staff will arrange for
delivery of the item.

These procedures are designed to maintain the safety and welfare of everyone, both students and adults.

Dover Elementary School welcomes volunteers. We need your help and talent, and we hope you will respond to our
communications and requests for your participation.




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                                    CODE OF CONDUCT
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

All students in the public schools of the State of New York have the right to a free and appropriate
education, pursuant to the provisions of Article XI, Section 1 of the NYS constitution and Section
3202(1) of the Education Law of the State of NY.


This right to a free public school education extends to all students, including those with disabilities. This
right is not without conditions. Pursuant to the due process of law requirements as established in Section
3214 of the Education Law of the State of NY and the Student Disciplinary Code, a student may be
temporarily or permanently removed from instruction in his/her regularly scheduled classes. Only
students fitting within the state compulsory education ages are entitled to alternative, equivalent
instruction following suspension from regularly scheduled classes.

Student responsibilities include regular school attendance, conscientious effort in classroom work, and
conforming to school regulations and rules. Most importantly, students share with the administration and
faculty a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to learning. No student
has the right to interfere with the education of his/her fellow students. It is the responsibility of each
student to respect the rights of all involved in the educational process.

Please review the attached disciplinary chart that outlines the rules and possible consequences if those
rules are broken. Please note especially that any form of physical contact with another student or adult is,
at a minimum, a suspension, even for the first offense.




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                     LEVEL 1                                                   LEVEL 2                                                   LEVEL 3

Students should not:                                    Students should not:                                      Students should not:
-Interfere with the education of another student, the   -Leave the classrooms or school grounds without           -Commit major theft, vandalize school or personal
orderly operation of the school or a school function.   permission.                                               property.
-Exhibit disruptive behavior in class or school         -Bring to school or (possess) medicine (prescription or   -Report a false bomb threat or false fire alarm.
(including lunchroom, hallways, bathroom, school        non-prescription) or tobacco products.                    -Start a fire on school property or the bus.
grounds, assemblies, or bus.                            -Bring to school or (possess) matches, lighters,          -Possess, use or sell illegal drugs, dangerous drugs, or
-Speak in a way that , is profane, teases, hurts,       fireworks, or toy weapons of any kind.                    alcohol in school, or at school activities or on the bus.
harasses or bullies others.                             -Lie, cheat, or forge signatures.                         -Fight (between students or school staff) involving the
-Speak in a disrespectful manner to an adult            -Damage or destroy property belonging to the school,      use, or threatening use, of one’s body, dangerous
-Fail to follow classroom rules.                        whether on school property or on the bus.                 weapons, or dangerous objects.
-Bring electronic devices or other inappropriate        -Be verbally abusive to others, use profanity, racial,    -Repeatedly leave the classroom or school grounds
toys, cards, or magazines to school.                    sexual, ethnic, or religious slurs or obscene gestures.   without permission.
-Bring to school or (possess) cell phones, i-pods,      -Coerce money or personal property from others.           -Harass another person sexually.
or other electronics.                                   -Participate in a group disruption.                       -Harass another persistently by saying, doing, or
-Throw objects/snowballs, or spit on school             -Repeat Level 1 offenses.                                 writing things about someone’s race, origin, religion,
grounds, bus or bus stop.                                                                                         color, or handicap.
-Disobey adult directions.                                                                                        -Use matches, lighters, chemicals, fireworks, or smoke
-Wear inappropriate clothing (See Dress Code page                                                                 bombs in school, or on school property or on the bus.
10).                                                                                                              -Threaten school staff members or students.
-Sell or trade personal property.                                                                                 -Break the law in school, at school activities, or on the
-Steal                                                                                                            bus.
                                                                                                                  -Possess dangerous or deadly weapons on school
                                                                                                                  property or on the bus.
                                                                                                                  -Conspire with others to harm a student or adult.
                                                                                                                  -Use extortion tactics.
                                                                                                                  -Use aggressive physical contact against students or
                                                                                                                  adults. Aggressive physical contact includes, hitting,
                                                                                                                  punching, kicking, choking, biting, tackling, tripping,
                                                                                                                  or any other actions designed to harm another.
                                                                                                                  -Continually violate Level I and Level II behaviors.
                      LEVEL 1                                                  LEVEL 2                                                   LEVEL 3
Consequences may include:                               Consequences may include:                                 Consequences may include:
-Teacher warning or reprimand                           -Referral to principal                                    -Suspension (out of school) 1-5 days
-Lunch detention with teacher.                          -Parent conference to discuss problem.                    -Superintendent’s Hearing
-Parent notification and or conference.                 -Referral to appropriate school personnel.                -Suspension (out of school) in excess of 5 days
-Administrative warning or reprimand                    -Recess detention                                         -Expulsion with educational services
-Recess detention                                       -After school detention.                                  -Referral to law enforcement agency
-Referral to other school personnel                     -Suspension (out of school) 1-5 days                      -Placement in interim alternative educational setting.
-Confiscation (as warranted)                            -Referral to School Resource Officer
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